• Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick
By Linda Green

The idiom about getting up with the chickens is true in the life of a 12-year-old McDuffie County boy.
Brandon Hillman, a seventh-grader at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School aspires to be both a farmer and a mechanic, but until then his life before and after school is dedicated to chickens.
He wakes up daily in the spring, summer and fall at 4:45 a.m. to feed, and care for his 72 chickens of 10 different varieties before going to school each morning. After school, he returns home to Hillman Farms, gathers the eggs, feeds the chickens and a smattering of ducks, changes the water, eats dinner, watches a little television and goes to bed.
His grandfather, Irwin Hillman, feeds the poultry during the winter mornings while he takes care of things in the evenings.
The younger Hillman began his chicken operation nearly two years ago with one chicken and a desire to make things grow.
“Playing ball is boring to me,” Hillman said while wearing his typical attire of overalls and a camouflage shirt, and sitting with his grandparents on the porch on a spring break morning. “Animals are not.”

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, April 17, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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